'Star Wars' Creator George Lucas Compares Disney to 'White Slavers'
Over the last couple of weeks, the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, has become a phenomenal success, raking in $1.5 billion worldwide and becoming 2015's biggest blockbuster in a mere thirteen days. However, not everybody was happy about the film at first.
George Lucas, the mastermind behind the Star Wars galaxy, took an opportunity to express his disdain for Disney in an interview with Charlie Rose. Lucas' sour grapes stem from the fact that he mapped out an outline for what would become The Force Awakens, but Disney chose to go their own route.
He says he started early work Episode VII and compiled story outlines, but Disney, which had full control (sic) the sale of Lucasfilm, had plans of its own. “I sold them to the white slavers that takes these things, and…” Lucas says before laughing and cutting himself short.
Yes, you read that right. He said "white slavers." But there's more:
“They looked at the stories, and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’” Lucas said. “They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing. … They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway — but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
Well, thank you for going your own way, George. Lord knows what you spared us, courtesy of your act of selflessness.
Actually, all we have to do is take a look at what Lucas did with the awful prequel trilogy to see what he could have done with The Force Awakens. Imagine the lifeless CGI landscapes of Episodes I, II, and III applied to the deserts of Jakku or to Maz Kanata's castle-tavern on Takodana. Picture acting as wooden as that of Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman in Episodes II and III. Think about midi-chlorians and Jar Jar Binks.
While we're at it, let's breathe a sigh of relief Disney has also spared us Lucas' constant tinkering with the original movies. Another decade and Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi might have become totally unrecognizable. Who knows? Maybe Disney will release the original trilogy in on Blu-ray in its untouched form. (Please, Disney?)